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GeForce GTX 580 3GB vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 580 3GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1002 MHz on this model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 114 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should in theory be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 36992 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should be much (approximately 206%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 101688 (206%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 XT is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17888 (48%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 580 3GB Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2010 December 2019
Code Name GF110 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 772 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 244 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 192384 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49408 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37056 Mpixels/sec 54944 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 1408
Texture Mapping Units 64 88
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 7 nm
Transistors 3000 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

Amazon.com

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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